The following text comes from Bruce Allen:
He was a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, and also studied in Paris, France and Vienna, Austria. When Ropp returned to Chicago, he became Dean of the National Academy of Art. In 1942, he was named Dean of the School of the Art Institute, where he served until 1959. Ropp was an innovator in his field, and during his tenure the school became the largest of its kind in the United States. "As a dean, Mr. Ropp expanded the curriculum of the school by adding more contemporary design classes, as well as a variety of courses that catered primarily to war veterans who enrolled in great numbers under the GI Bill.
As an artist he participated in 13 exhibitions of
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